Sold Out event features speakers including Frank Turner & Steve Lamacq

Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce the final line up of panels, speakers, networking and information sharing at Venues Day 2017 which takes place at Ministry of Sound on Tuesday 17 October.

With Panels featuring the issues that really matter to Grassroots Music Venues and the artists who play there, industry experts, venue representatives and artists themselves will explore challenges such as money, safety, access to gigs for under 18s and best practice tips on marketing and publicity. Speakers include Frank Turner, Charlotte Brimner (Be Charlotte), Elijah (Butterz), Rhoda Dakar, John Robb (The Membranes), Tracey Wise (Safe Gigs for Women), David Bury (Supersonic Media), Remi Harris MBE and John Spellar MP.

Steve Lamacq
Steve Lamacq from BBC6 Music will be providing the welcome this year, with an opening panel presented by UK Music to discuss the facts that matter for venues and why we need to gather evidence to support the sector.

For the fourth year Venues Day has sold out, with well over 200 venues from across the UK represented amongst the 500+ delegates. As ever, the emphasis is on it being a practical day:


 “Every venue should leave the event with new contacts and ideas they can use to make their own venue run a little better. Venues Day is not a talking shop, it’s designed specifically to help the members of the Music Venues Alliance connect with each other and supportive organisations, companies and individuals” said Event Producer Beverley Whitrick.

Grassroots Music Venue representatives will be able to spend ten minutes networking directly with agents representing new and emerging artists, speed networking with the people who can help them create great line ups in a new area called The Sandbox.

MVT partners Deviate Digital have brought together the best in new tech companies who want to work with GMVs to provide better services and increase audiences for Venue Futures. And long-term partners TicketWeb and Whitelight will be there to discuss developments on GrassrootsVenues.Tickets and Sound + Vision, just two of the initiatives Music Venue Trust has brought forward this year to support the network.

“Venues Day has quickly become the national event for Grassroots Music Venues” said Mark Davyd, MVT CEO. “We really appreciate the support of all the venues from across the country and our sponsors and partners who have got behind this event and made it such a big day in the calendar.”

Venues Day 2017 partners include TicketWeb, UK Music, Help Musicians UK, Openstage, Academy Music Group, Estrella Damm, White Light, Jackpot Peanut Butter and Jack Daniel’s.



Venues Day 2017 Schedule

Registration & Coffee
Where: 103
Marketplace Open / Networking
Where: 103 / Courtyard
Intro to Venues Day 2017
Where: The Box

• Steve Lamacq, DJ – BBC Radio 6 Music

About the Day
• Sarah Thirtle & Lohan Presencer, Trustees – Music Venue Trust

Why Venues Matter
• Michael Dugher, CEO – UK Music

A View from Parliament
• John Spellar MP

UK Music presents Facts Matter: Changing Opinions
Where: The Box & Live Streamed into 103 for Latecomers
• Chaired by Sarah Clover, Barrister – Kings Chambers
• Presentation by Dr Adam Behr & Dr Emma Webster – UK Live Music Census (Live Music Exchange)
• Jon Chapple, News Editor – IQ
• Tracey Heyworth, Senior Policy Advisor (Creative Industries Team) – DCMS
• Shain Shapiro, PhD – CEO, Sound Diplomacy
• Nick Stewart, Manager & Booker – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
• Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director – Music Venue Trust
• Natalie Williams, Head of Research – UK Music



Networking Lunch
Where: Buffet served in 103 / Courtyard + Baby Box open



Venue Futures
Where: The Loft
Presentations from, and a chance to talk to, tech firms with the best platforms and apps to help your venue.

Every week at Music Venue Trust we receive at least three new approaches from tech and app companies who have a product they believe can make a big difference to Grassroots Music Venues. Our tech expertise being even more limited than the time we have to consider these approaches, we’ve been thinking we need a knight in shining armour to wade through all these possibilities and tell us which one is a tree and which one is just wood. Luckily, we have just that person in Sammy Andrews from Deviate Digital.

In the Venue Futures space you can spend a little time hearing about all the latest ideas for developing this sector, with presentations and information about the future for tech/apps/digital in Grassroots Music Venues. Please take some time to drop by, and please feedback to us if you see something you really feel could make a difference.

Presentations will take place in The Loft from 1.30-5.30pm. Throughout the day the companies featured will be available to talk, visit the Venue Futures trade stand in the 103.

Benumu is a new social music platform designed for live music venues, fans, artists, bands, musicians, DJs, and festivals to discover and build new audiences and relationships.
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Content curation technology that automatically identifies and brings together the best content from a live event: from the fans, artist, venue and other partners.
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GUTS Tickets
Say farewell to ticket fraud and disgraceful secondary ticket prices.
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Deviate Digital
Stratigic Digital Advisory To The Entertainment Industry – Find out what you need to be doing online for your venue including media buying, content and more.
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iGiG Limited
iGiG is a multi camera angle app and technology that allows YOU TO CHOOSE THE VIEW.
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Really Quite Something
We are a digital products studio specialising in creating apps and websites for the arts and entertainment industry. Currently developing a geo-based music platform championing local music and the businesses that support this grassroots scene.
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NetMonkeys Connects People & Technology to make the Live Music Experience Simpler.
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Openstage Ltd
Openstage is revolutionising the way bands tour and fans buy tickets. For bands, it gives them to power to locate fans geographically, and respond to live demand whilst encouraging and building their communities. For fans it’s a way to tell their favourite artists where and when they want them to play and avoid the secondary ticket market. From independent music venues to stadiums, from tours to one off fan shows, the Openstage platform puts the live experience in the hands of the people that matter the most.
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Rippla is a new web platform delivering concert live streams to local venues – the way they’re meant to be experienced.
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Verve is the leading software for building advocacy programs. We enable the best events in the world to turn fans into advocates who sell tickets to their friends in exchange for rewards, such as free entry and VIP experiences.
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An ‘affordable for everyone’ membership to a service providing links, offers, deals and the opportunity to get access to the holy grail – ‘great opportunity to play live’. From leading festivals to national venues, from one off specials to regular spots – we are the place to go to get the leads.
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Tixserve helps ticket sellers reach the mobile generation with secure and interactive digital tickets that can benefit your venue getting you closer to your ticket holders, increasing your revenue and facilitating closer interaction between your venue, ticket sellers, consumers and partners.
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Q&A (if time allows)
Ask the experts your most pressing questions about the future of digital for venues – tweet your questions throughout the day using #VenueFutures.



The Sandbox
Where: VIP Bar
Venue and agent speed networking – 10 minute sessions to build new relationships between venues and booking agents.

Featuring; ATC Live Agency, Creative Artists Agency, Coda Agency, International Talent Booking, Primary Talent International, United Talent Agency, WME, X-Ray Touring, Strange Place Concerts.

See the Venues Day book for more details. Ask at the MVT Help Desk for any remaining appointments.



Meet the Gurus
Where: Baby Box
Bookable 15 min one-to-one sessions with experts.

MVT has assembled a team of industry experts who are generously offering their services to venues in peril. Our gurus are passionate about live music and give a lot of their time voluntarily, especially to help with venues contacting our Emergency Response Service, and face to face at Venues Day events. We are always looking to recruit further experts in the fields of planning, licensing, acoustics, legal and financial issues, so please encourage relevant professionals to contact us if they can offer us their time and

The following gurus are available during Venues Day 2017. However, if your issue is outside of their areas of expertise, please contact us and we will endeavour to locate someone with the appropriate knowledge and experience to assist you after the event.

Jon Fox BSc Hons Dip TP MRTPI, Wardell Armstrong LLP
A native of Derry in N. Ireland, Jon brings over 25 years’ experience as a planning consultant and as a local authority planner. He is a former Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute in Wales and previous board member of the Transport Planning Society and Sustrans. He currently leads a Wardell Armstrong team helping large and small client organisations to overcome challenges relating to planning, noise, air quality, engineering and environmental impact across the UK and Ireland.
Sean Keenan, Commercial Lawyer – Entertainment
As a ferocious fan and consumer of music and popular culture growing up, Sean had an early appreciation for the creative industries which led to a career in music and entertainment. Before becoming yet another Australian in London, Sean worked in the Australian music industry where he provided practical legal advice to both artists and industry. He has experience in commercial, corporate, intellectual property and regulatory disputes law and has assisted all manners of professionals involved in music. He is currently an in-house lawyer in banking and financial technology in Soho.
Stephen Kempner, Sheridans
Stephen is particularly well known for helping to launch the careers of new and emerging talent, in addition to his work for various chart-topping acts. He also advises on trademark matters for a range of brands. His clients range from new and up and coming talent through to established artists, songwriters, producers, sports personalities, leading production houses, fashion brands, advertising and talent agencies. Stephen was praised in The Legal 500 for his “drive, passion and encyclopaedic industry knowledge”.
Niall Forde, Licensing Officer
Niall started his career as an A&R scout in the nineties, working for two of the largest independent record labels in that era, One Little Indian and Nude Records, so is very familiar with many of the venues that are members of the MVA. Since then, he has moved on to become a foremost expert in all areas of local authority licensing and health and safety, with more than 15 years of experience at both Westminster and Islington councils in London. This role includes looking after everything from small pubs and theatres to football matches and concerts at Emirates Stadium. In addition, Niall has been working with the GLA on the London Music Board, advises some notable venues as a licensing consultant and is the Music Venue Trust’s licensing expert.
Business Rates
Nick Wright, Altus RatesRecovery
Nick is the founder of specialist business rates advisor RatesRecovery and Vice President of Altus UK, which acquired RatesRecovery in 2016. In the UK, they have one of the largest rates teams, with over 100 staff directly involved in business rates. Nick has extensive experience of representing clients at valuation tribunal, including a recent victory on Trevor Horn’s Sarm West Studios. He advises the Music Industries Association on business rates issues affecting their members. His musical claim to fame is that his band once played support to Jess Roden at The Borderline in London. In those days, he was considerably thinner and had more hair.
Richard Vivian, Big Sky Acoustics
Richard Vivian is founder of Big Sky Acoustics. Established in 2002, Big Sky specialises in entertainment noise control and works closely with licensed premises operators, event organisers and local authorities on the management and control of noise associated with live and pre-recorded music entertainment. The company can provide support for both licensing and planning noise matters including detailed surveys, assessment, noise monitoring and expert witness evidence for applications, appeals, inquiries and hearings. Richard is one of the only truly dedicated music noise specialists in the UK, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry.
Toby Lewis WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff
After many years in environmental health, Toby started in noise consultancy services in 2006 and joined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2015. He is a recognised expert in the application of noise planning and licencing policy and the assessment of statutory noise nuisance. Based on his experience of numerous entertainment venues, Toby has found that timely negotiation with regulators or objectors is always worthwhile and can significantly reduce risks for entertainment venue operators. Toby’s qualifications include Master’s Degrees in Applied Acoustics, Environmental Health, Environmental Law and Pollution Control.



Marketplace Trade/Information Stands
Where: 103
Visit our partners’ stands for information on a range of services and products relevant to your venue.



Venues Matter
Where: The Box & Live Streamed into 103

Money Matters: Here’s a big pile of money, who is getting it and why?
• Chaired by Remi Harris MBE, Business Advisor – Remi Harris Consulting
• Steven Braines, CEO/Artist Manager – The Weird & The Wonderful
• Nathan Clark, Manager & Booker – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
• Rhoda Dakar, Artist
• Mark Davyd, CEO – Music Venue Trust
• Charlotte Dryden, CEO – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast
• Gareth Kelly, Live Team Manager – PRS for Music
Safety Matters: Who’s looking after these people?
• Chaired by John Robb, Editor – Louder than War / Artist – The Membranes
• Sam Dabb, Manager – Le Public Space, Newport
• Rhiannon Jones, Programme Manager – Trinity Centre, Bristol
• Dan Lloyd, Manager – The Railway Inn, Winchester
• Greg Parmley, Managing Director – ILMC / IFF
• Frank Turner, Artist
• Tracey Wise, Founder – Safe Gigs for Women
15:30- 16:15
Age Matters: Whose job is it to the build the audiences of the future?
• Chaired by Dr Julia Jones, Managing Director – Found in Music
• Mark Bennett, Agent – UTA
• Charlotte Brimner, Artist – Be Charlotte
• Elijah, Artist / Promoter – Butterz / Lighthouse
• Philip Flood, Director – Sound Connections
• Tim Perry, Booker – Windmill Brixton
• Pippa Wragg, Manager & Promoter – Exeter Cavern
Publicity Matters: Who’s promoting this f**king thing anyway?
• Chaired by Sean Adams, Editor – Drowned in Sound / Social Media Producer – BBC Radio 6 Music
• Michael Boaler, Senior Brand Manager – Jack Daniel’s
• David Bury, Artist/Supersonic Media
• Sheri Friers, Partnership Director – The List
• Chris Pritchard, Booker – The Booking Hall, Dover / The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
• Caffy St Luce, Promoter/Publicity – Rocklands ArtBeat
• Rebecca Walker, Assistant Manager – The Leadmill, Sheffield
Jack Daniel’s Free Pop-Up Bar + Estrella Damm Free Bar open
Where: Courtyard
Wrap up
Where: The Box
• Mark Davyd & Beverley Whitrick – Music Venue Trust



What is Venues Day?

The national networking event for grassroots music venues, for everyone who works in and with the sector. Venues Day will features panels, presentations and discussions. It is a practical event designed so that all venues will come away with fresh ideas they can implement to help them save money and operate more effectively.

Themes for Venues Day 2017

A focus on developing relationships between Artists and Venues, strengthening ties between the Music Industry and the Grassroots Venue Touring Circuit, and exploring the role of digital and technical innovation. Artists have been invited to present special topics of interest in featured panels. A special new Speed Dating Area for Agents and Venues will enable venues from across the country that want to get new and emerging artists into their venues to spend ten minutes with the agents who represent those acts. Music Venue Trust has partnered with Deviate Digital to create a specific area to discuss emerging digital platforms, and to discuss how venues can shape and benefit from tech innovations, and long-term partners TicketWeb and Whitelight will present further developments on GrassrootsVenues.Tickets and Sound & Vision.

Booking Info

£120 Delegate passes go on general sale on Monday 28 August here.

For venue delegates

Thanks to our sponsors we are able to offer members of the Music Venues Alliance 1 free delegate pass and up to 2 discounted passes.
Pre-booking is now open for existing MVA and TAMVA members – you will be emailed directly with booking codes.

Grassroots Music Venue owners/managers

If you run a Grassroots Music Venue you can join the Music Venues Alliance to benefit from being part of our ever growing network, and access a free pass to Venues Day 2017. It’s FREE to join, just complete the form here.


Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt Street
London SE1 6DP
UK [map]

Tuesday 17 October
10.30am – 6pm

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